PRESENTER?Singer/songwriter John Spillane.
Kiltimagh to feature in Spillane’s TG4 show
‘Spillane an Fánaí’, the heartwarming and revealing six-part entertainment series presented by singer/songwriter John Spillane on TG4, is finishing up this Sunday night with a programme filmed in Kiltmagh. Previous locations have included Fethard in Tipperary, Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny, Cootehill in Cavan, Castleisland in Kerry, Castlepollard in Westmeath
Combining off-the-cuff encounters with local people, interviews and music sequences, John Spillane spends a week in six different locations, working in a pub and venturing out to meet a host of locals in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting in the uniqueness and character of small town life. It’s a fascinating exploration through Irish of the history and personality of rural towns outside of the traditional Gaeltacht areas.
In Sunday night’s show, Spillane travels to Teach Ó Hora, Kiltimagh, where he is inspired to write a song. He also hears about Raftery the poet, the McAlpine’s Fusiliers and the night Jim Reeves didn’t play in the town! He finds out about a campaign to re-open the railway, looks at the town’s beautiful sculptures and finally gets his hair cut – in a living room.
To coincide with the TV series, Spillane has released a new studio album entitles ‘Life in an Irish Town’ celebrating all that is great about our lives in a day and age where doom and gloom are all too prevalent. The album includes six tracks, each dedicated to one of the places visited in ‘Spillane an Fánaí’.
“All these towns are full of history and folklore, there’s a lot going on in Ireland. It’s a great place – everyone is emigrating but you can have a great life here. I think life is what you make it, and one of the best things about Ireland is that we have great characters, great music and a great sense of humour.”